From the monthly archives: "December 2006"

Fire Bug?
Greetings from India !
I shot this tiny (about 1.5 cms) insect yesterday nar Bangalore City, South India. Whould you be able to identify it for me? regards,
Vijay Cavale

Hi Vijay,
This is a Red Cotton Bug, Dysdercus cingulatus. We located some information online, regarding this Hemipteran in the family Pyrrhocoridae, the Red Bugs.

very many thanks … do you encourage more queries like this? I plan to shoot a lot more macro this year and I am doing this for science and have no problem in anyone using the images for any non-commercial work .. regards

giant centipede
Thankyou for your wonderful website! We were able to indentify this beautiful giant centipede we found outside our front door yesterday. It was approx 5 1/2 " long! We managed to put it in a cup and move it safely, away from our house. Giant redheaded centipede, Order: Scolopendromorpha, Family: Scolopendridae, Genus and species: Scolopendra heros Girard.

Hi Melissa,
Thanks for the image and information. We wish you had provided us with a location, but we are guessing it is probably Oklahoma or Texas.

Oecophylla (Weaver Ant)
Hello Bugman
I thought your viewers may enjoy this picture of what I guess is an Oecophylla (Weaver Ant) having a chew on my finger. These little bundles of joy are probably the dominant predators in our garden give or take the odd snake. We live in Thailand. Regards

Hi Sean,
Thank you for sending us your photo of a Weaver Ant. We did some research, and would love it if you could provide us with an image of the nest they weave from living leaves.

Update: (01/04/2007)
Here’s a picture of one of the small satellite nests. The main soccer ball size nests (and there are many) are high up in a Jack Fruit tree and I can’t get a clear picture unfortunately. The tree is visible on Google Earth so I’ve attached a .kmz file so you can see where these ants are in Thailand. I don’t think that Wikipedia article is quite right with respect to ‘…and are known for their painful, irritating sting’. Thankfully they’re stingless. I guess they don’t need a sting with those jaws. They seem to do very well without one. Regards

Hi again Sean,
Thanks so much for the additonal photo and information.

These were spotted in Hungary on the stump of a tree. The adult was about 2mm long. Is it a box elder bug? I took the photo mainly because, upside down, it looks like a very scary African mask!
Delia Campbell

Hi Delia,
These Hemipterans are commonly called Firebugs. Firebugs, Pyrrhocoris apterus, are in the family Pyrrhocoridae. Boxelder Bugs are in the Scentless Plant Bugs Family Rhopalidae.

Mantis from Madagascar
can anybody identify this Mantis? I found it near Andasibe in Madagaskar.

Hi Christian,
We will post your image of this unidentified Mantis from Madagascar in the hopes that one of our readers can identify it.

I’m writing in response to the “Unidentified Mantis from Madagascar” posted on 12/30/2006. That photo appears to show an African Mantis, or Sphodromantis lineola.
Chris Webb

Bug Photo
My Dad took of picture of this in his back yard. Any idea on what it is? He lives in coastal North Carolina.
Raleigh, NC

Hi Michelle,
This looks like a Toothpick Grasshopper. There are several possible species. Stenacris vitreipennis is the Glassy Winged Toothpick Grasshopper. Our Audubon Guide lists it as green and BugGuide also pictures it as green, but Eric Eaton comments there that the species is rarely green. The Cattail Toothpick Grasshopper, Leptysma marginicollis, is also pictured on BugGuide.